One of the projects that I spend time on at work is the Soil Moisture Active & Passive (SMAP) mission. and the project homepage just got a redesign.
If you're like me, the first question you had was "Wait, do I pronounce that S-map, or smap?" I'm pleased to tell you that it is smap, one syllable.
The high accuracy, resolution, and global coverage of SMAP soil moisture and freeze/thaw measurements are invaluable across many science and applications disciplines including hydrology, climate, carbon cycle, and the meteorological, environmental and ecology applications communities.
It's a big spinning antenna! Dynamically, very cool. Somewhat challenging to simulate, in the computer modeling sense, and very interesting...